It took us between 5 and 6 hours yesterday to get to one of South Africa’s very remote areas. Xivambalana (pronounced she-vamba-larna) River Camp is situated directly at the Limpopo, close to where the Mogalakwana flows into the Limpopo. An indication of the remoteness is the close by Platjan border post to Botswana. It is only open between 8:00 and 16:00, and only to be used once the Limpopo carries little water. there is no bridge, but only a ford to cross the river.
The last 28 kilometers are somewhat rough – dirt road. So it is a matter finding the right speed. About 80 km/h is the right for this one. A smooth ride, only the deep sand passages generate some adrenaline. And the low standing sun lets me oversee two bumps – first time the Navara jumps. In the rear view mirror a long trail of dust. But it was not just rallye like driving. Some stops on the way to admire Baobabs.
The crew at the camp is finalizing the preparation for the course. But all other students are only arriving on Sunday, so the team takes some time for a game drive. Actually first a walk to get closer to a fish eagle we spotted from the car. Close by, on the sand bank in the middle of the Limpopo: two crocs.
And once more: Fat Bastard is calling.